Spring Sale Pop-Up

In early May, we braved the cold, Chicago weather to be a part of Heshima Kenya's Pop-Up Spring Sale. The wonderful ladies behind the organization did an amazing job coordinating this shopping event along with liftUPlift. Since Loom, HK and liftUPlift have similar missions to empower women, we were thrilled to be a part of the shopping event!

The ladies of Loom and Heshima Kenya

The ladies of Loom and Heshima Kenya

Heshima Kenya is a holistic organization working to protect refugee girls and young women in Nairobi, Kenya. Through their Girls' Empowerment Project, education and livelihood opportunities are provided in a unique classroom environment to serve participants of varying learning levels, cultures and languages.

The Maisha Collective is one way Heshima Kenya fosters self-sufficiency. Participants create and manage unique, hand-dyed scarves. Heshima Kenya is also working to develop a small grant initiative for members to create their own enterprises.

Scarves made by the Maisha Collective

Scarves made by the Maisha Collective

On Sunday,  the amazing women business entrepreneurs of liftUPlift stopped by the pop-up shop. LiftUPlift is a super cool organization founded in 2014 by Corielle Laaspere that functions as a global alliance to connect and create more opportunities for women owned businesses. LiftUPlift also serves as a marketplace for women owned businesses and as a nonprofit organization that empowers survivors with resources, tools and training to end violence against women.

Corille Laaspere of liftUPlift and a member of liftUPlift's Maker Alliance, Ana of AVP Jewelry. Photo courtesy of liftUPlift.

Corille Laaspere of liftUPlift and a member of liftUPlift's Maker Alliance, Ana of AVP JewelryPhoto courtesy of liftUPlift.

Loom artisans Hlaiwah, Saleema and Batool with Loom Coordinator Allie.

Loom artisans Hlaiwah, Saleema and Batool with Loom Coordinator Allie.

Thank you to everyone that came out to the shopping event and stay tuned for more coordinated efforts between Loom, Heshima Kenya and liftUPlift to help empower women both here and abroad.